Ex-IFP man starts party

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

A former IFP secretary and councillor, Newcastle businessman Vinesh Chuturgoon, 46, has launched his own political party.

The party, called the Great Kongress of South Africa (GKSA), was launched in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last month and claims about 150 000 registered members.

Chuturgoon said he hoped the launch of his party would strengthen opposition politics in KwaZulu-Natal.

He said the party would in the main stand against crime and corruption.

Chuturgoon said: "Political parties have failed the communities. The ruling party needs a strong opposition that stands up for good principles and morals.

"I saw the ever-escalating crime and corruption in the country and realised I had to do something about it. I was inspired by Mahatma Ghandi's philosophy to try to make a change to everyone's life.

"Ghandi was a great socialist who wanted everyone to be equal and I'm following the path that he chose. I want my party to uphold the same principles.

"Our party stands for free and compulsory education for all, free health services, improved poverty alleviation and job creation principles, visible policing and state grants for orphans and the elderly."

Chuturgoon worked closely with IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and former KwaZulu-Natal premier Frank Mdlalose. He is the second senior IFP leader to have left to launch his own party.

Former IFP chairman Ziba Jiyane formed the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) in June 2005.